da_man said:I think composting is one of the best things you can do for your garden. And it is cheaper than buying fertilizer.
Just a word of caution, I'd be careful buying pre-composted topsoil from anyone unless you already know their reputation. We got some one year and it was full of all sorts of things that should have never been in a compost pile-- like metal pens.
I remember when my mother's best friend and neighbor, asked how she grew such beautiful cabbage (hers was being eaten by cabbage worms)
My mother told her she sprinkled flour on them. The neighbor tried it and the next day told my mom it didn't work.
My mom explained, it doesn't kill the worms, it repels them.
Apparently she thought the worms would drop dead like from insecticdes.
Anyway, flour works and it's harmless! I don't know if mom used it on any other plants. Would be interesting to know if it repels other insects as well.